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Want to take the kids on Atlantic shore vacation-where?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by happyhensny, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    We live in New York and I don't mind driving. Hoping to find a hotel, cabin, tent site on the water any where from Maine to Virginia. Not fussy, and if I do say so myself, my kids are really good. [​IMG] We would love to have somewhere to swim in the ocean, do a little hiking, biking, kayaking, etc. Anyone have any really neat, off the tourist map kind of places to recommend? I love to hear ideas and since it is March this week I should get a game plan.

    Thanks everyone!


  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I'd vote for Maine for not so common place and still have all those activities available.
  3. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Songster

    Dec 20, 2008
    ChickenCanoe is right on! Maine has it all. Mountains, canoeing on GORGEOUS inland rivers and tidal estuaries, vast forests, small but dramatic mountains. You can go antiquing, on whale watches, camping, hiking, everything. If you time it well, you can take your kids to a pick-your-own blueberry farm and turn them loose with pint boxes. Then ask your bed-and-breakfast owner if the berries could be made into blueberry pancakes.

    Being from Massachusetts, I can't avoid pushing my own home state too. We have what Maine has, including rocky coasts (once you're north of Boston), but the mountains are on the western border with New York -- the Berkshires -- and they are lovely and fantastic for hiking and camping. You could start at the border and enjoy the hills, then take the Pioneer Trail east toward Boston (New England Aquarium, Museum of Science -- fantastic! -- Children's Museum, Fanuil Hall/Quincy Market and the Freedom Trail, plus all of the historic communities like Salem (maritime and "witch trials" history and the excellent Peabody-Essex Museum);, Essex, Gloucester and Rockport (gorgeous coast, beaches,whale watching, kayaking and canoeing). Lobstah (we have it as good as Maine!) and chowdah. The only place to avoid during summer is Cape Cod and the Islands, because they are PACKED with tourists and summer folk. Boston and all are busy too, but much better to absorb crowds than the Cape and Islands.

    The only "negative" about Maine or Mass. is that the ocean is COLD. Except for the South Shore and Cape of Mass -- nice ocean temps there, but north of the Cape, you could do surgery on your foot after dipping it into the sea.

    The rest of New England is also wonderful. New Hampshire has some coastline, but it is crowded; they are better for rivers and mountains. The White Mountain range is amazing and you could easily spend your entire vacation there, canoeing on the Saco River, climbing mountains, camping in the great parks.
    I have a soft spot for Rhode Island (Newport is fun and the south coast has great beaches). Connecticut has sandy beaches with warm water, nice state parks for camping, beautiful rivers -- the northwest corner is wild and beautiful and right on the New York border.

    Take your pick. :)
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012
  4. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Thank you so much for the ideas. We have hiked the Adirondacks, Berkshires and Catskills. All super. Tough decisions. Love blueberries, don't love frigid water, love LOBSTAH & CHOWDAH (ALOT), not into huge crowds (of people, wouldn't mind chickens) Ct sounds good too. I'll look online and see what camping I can find available. Thanks so much!
  5. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Songster

    May 1, 2011
    Except for the fact it's not off the beaten path, Chincoteague and Assategue are great places to go with kids. They offer warm water and great places to hike and see the wild ponies!! I had a blast with my sister and family the week we spent at Madison Family Campground. We had the best time catching sand and Fiddler crabs and playing on the dunes and finding seashells!
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012
  6. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    That is so funny, I was actually looking at those two campgrounds. The only thing that has me concerned is I saw on reviews some people said that they had an awful time with mosquitos. Did you notice any problem? What time of year did you go? That is about the farthest south I would like to go. The warm water sounds super!
  7. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Songster

    May 1, 2011
    When we were there, the campgrounds sprayed for mosquittos. I don't recall minding them, but I was 16 and had much more important things on my mind...like the cute guys at the game room :)

    My neice goes down to Chincoteague every year and I don't recall her ever complaining about mosquittos. Plus, I don't know many shore locations that bugs aren't a problem...it just goes with the territory.

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